How impossible it is for someone 1,150 miles away to truly understand what is happening in Texas right now... with all of the catastrophic flooding? I visited Southern Texas just this spring and was planning to return for some business in fall. But not now. There's been an indefinite postponement.
We are learning, once again, how fragile our human plans really are and that everything and anything is subject to change, that is, except for Our God, who remains unchangeable and faithful. In testing times like these, it would do us well to heavily lean Him and His word, just like little children.
As of this post, there's yet another storm, Irma, developing in the open Atlantic.9/5 Two more hurricanes: Jose and Katia. Fires in Western USA, earthquakes and more.
"Every night we go to bed and we have no assurance to wake up the next morning, but still, we have plans for tomorrow. THAT’S HOPE. May God be above you - for blessings. Below you - for support. Before you - for guidance. Behind you - for protection. Beside you - for comfort. Inside you - for sustenance.” Amen.
The Texas Disaster
Houston and the surrounding regions, including those on the future path of this storm, need our prayers. Even though the sun is shining in Houston today, Texans are now dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
One source reported that "birds were circling above debris on an eerily quiet motorway as he drove past cars abandoned on the side of the road" and another wrote "Keep your head up Houston. The future is bright. One day at a time.”
The Church is Jesus' hands and feet. Do what you can.
Wake Up Call
DANIEL CARDINAL DINARDO, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, was quoted in an interview:
"The people of Houston, I have to say, are rather resilient, but this is really stretching them...I think we have to wake up Jesus in the boat!”
Jesus was not sleeping on a boat like the one photographed floating in the calm Galveston Harbor below, but more like the one sinking, as recorded in Matthew, Chapter 8:
The Calming of the Storm at Sea
Jesus got into a boat and his disciples followed him. Suddenly a violent storm* came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep. They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us!* We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”
The Cardinal was quoted as asking for real prayers. No one can travel too far because the roads are completely flooded everywhere.
As shown on news reports, homes and public buildings have been flooded or destroyed in the region however, the Cardinal stated that most of the churches in his jurisdiction were "okay" to date and even open for prayer if possible. If they have been flooded, maybe everything is considered repairable? Let's hope. Only one church building, he noted, had been completely ruined. The church below was "wet" but spared, like most.
Images from Houston's' Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, Spring 2017.
Guide us, O thou great Redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
We are weak, but thou art mighty;
Hold us with thy powerful hand:
Bread of heaven, Bread of Heaven,
Feed us till we want no more.
Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fire and cloudy pillar
Lead us all our journey through.
Strong Deliverer, Strong Deliverer,
Be thou still our strength and shield.
When we tread the verge of Jordan,
Bid our anxious fears subside.
Death of deaths, and hell’s destruction,
Land us safe on Canaan’s side;
Songs of praises, Songs of praises,
We will ever give to thee. *
* alternate translation of William Williams Poetry, 1745
My Stella Maris/Star of the Sea icon (a framed copy) is located in my front entryway; just above the prayer that I have been reciting daily for all those suffering from the recent natural disasters. +++
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